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Arkansas leaders sorting out steps to tax online sales

By Michael R. Wickline

This article was published June 22, 2018 at 4:30 a.m.

State Rep. Dan Douglas, R-Bentonville, is shown in this file photo.

Arkansas House Revenue and Taxation Committee Chairman Joe Jett, R-Success, is shown in this photo.

U.S. Congressman Steve Womack is shown in this file photo.

Arkansas officials reacted cautiously to the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling Thursday that cleared the way for states to require out-of-state online retailers to collect and remit sales taxes.

State Rep. Dan Douglas, R-Bentonville, is shown in this file photo.

Arkansas House Revenue and Taxation Committee Chairman Joe Jett, R-Success, is shown in this photo.

U.S. Congressman Steve Womack is shown in this file photo.

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RBear says... June 22, 2018 at 6:55 a.m.

"Jett said he thinks that most of his fellow lawmakers 'probably would take a wait-and-see approach on the state level for the simple fact that we would probably like the federal government to get involved' because he worries about 'a hodgepodge' of state tax codes across the nation."
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What the ...? You have that now, you ninny. Retailers that have multi-state physical presence deal with the hodge-podge of sales tax laws today. This is just an excuse to delay collecting these revenues. Sometimes I wonder if our state legislators actually think before they speak.

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BensonHedges says... June 22, 2018 at 7:38 a.m.

One thing you will never read since reporters won't report it-----sales taxes are due no matter what. If you buy something on line, it is your obligation to pay sales tax. Our "leaders" make this process difficult and don't inform the public of this.

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GOHOGS19 says... June 22, 2018 at 8:22 a.m.

RBear you do not have that now for states where you don't have nexus - that is about to change with yesterday's ruling.

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hlair08290721 says... June 22, 2018 at 8:57 a.m.

Local retailers have been hit hardest since their products and services have been taxed more to make up difference of sales tax lost to Internet sales. There should be transparency about sales tax revenue increases from new Internet sales taxes - Missing in the conversation is the reduction of state & local sales tax that will be offset through collection of internet taxes. Since Internet businesses has the shipping address, it's easy to expect tax collections to be returned to communities those items were purchased from - we live in a time of big data, analytics, behavioral marketing, and targeted sales - only a problem for politicians, who want to control spending the windfall revenue, not individuals or business.

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RBear says... June 22, 2018 at 10:01 a.m.

Gohogs I pointed that out. My point is that the “complexity” Jett attempts to portray is overstated. Multi-state companies deal with that today. But you’re not going to see Joe’s General marketing deodorant to Dallas. Read the comment thoroughly.

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Illinoisroy says... June 22, 2018 at 11:42 a.m.

I haven't bought anything on-line because my community and neighbors need jobs and business. Most people tell me I'm foolish and that they get the same quality product with significant $$ savings by purchasing on-line. Sadly my fellow Americans are all about self-interest and money. It is true that you are supposed to voluntarily pay sales tax for on-line purchases but majority of folks I've talked to don't pay or shave a little, back to my previous statement, sad state.

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